The Best Lenses For The Canon Rebels, 80D, and 7D Mark II

We have already shared our thoughts on some of the best lenses out there for full frame cameras like the Canon 5D Mark IV, but what about lenses for the Canon APS-C based EF-S cameras like the Rebels, 80D, and 7D Mark II? There is no doubt some overlap, but there are some great lenses that we would recommend for the APS-C based cameras that are different from their full frame brethren. So lets get into it.

For Street Photography: Canon 35mm F2

In our review we said:

“Canon’s 35mm f2 IS initially confused us with its design, but after taking extra time to understand the lens and work with it, we became believers. It delivers some wonderful image quality, has a solid construction to it, focuses quickly, and is extremely portable.” Read the full review

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For Portraits:  Canon 50mm F1.8 STM

In our review we said:

“Canon’s 50mm f1.8 STM is a great lens for the beginner, hobbyist, enthusiast or even the professional who likes to rough and tumble their equipment. But overall, it’s scoring mediocre to good results when you attach. The image quality is much better than before and Canon has proven once again that they can keep ahead of the curve.” Read the full review

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For Landscapes:  Sigma 18-35mm F1.8

In our review we said:

“We’ve got absolutely nothing but respect and love for the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM. If you’re an APS-C DSLR user, this should be the lens that is a high priority item on your list to get. It’s sharp, contrasty, has beautiful color that is true to life, focuses quickly, and stays compact due to its internal zooming and focusing design.” Read the full review

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For Action: Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 SP Di VC USD

In our review we said:

“Tamron’s 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD is a lens that has really left us speechless. It’s sharp, affordable for the offering, fast to focus, contrasty, has some extremely wonderful bokeh, and also is tough as nails. The photographers who may purchase this lens are those looking to save some extra cash, the semi-professional looking for a good telephoto zoom lens to build their photography business, or the traveller looking to rent something with really good performance.” Read the full review

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For Weddings/Photojournalism:  Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 VC SP USD

In our review we said:

“The Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC SP USD wins nothing less than my highest recommendations. Sure, it is expensive, but when you really weigh what you’re getting, it is quite worth its weight in gold. You’re getting excellent image stabilization, great build quality (but the lens hood did have its finish rubbed off a bit before the end of the review due to being tossed around in my camera bag) excellent sharpness, accurate focusing that doesn’t need microadjusting, and versatile color rendition.” Read the full review

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Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.